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Connecticut Group Wants Your Violent Videogames — To Destroy Them 449

Posted by timothy
from the world-is-a-strange-place dept.
DavidGilbert99 writes with this excerpt from IB Times: "The Sandy Hook shooting once again raised the debate about how much power violent videogames wield over teenagers. Following proclamations from the National Rifle Association and the establishment of a study by the National Academy of Sciences to investigate the psychological effects of violent games on children, a group in Connecticut is now having its say Southington, a town 30 miles from where the shooting took place, is offering gift tokens in exchange for violent videogames, as well as other violent media such as DVDs or videos. The group, called SouthingtonSOS, said in a statement: 'There is ample evidence that violent video games, along with violent media of all kinds, including TV and movies portraying story after story showing a continuous stream of violence and killing, has contributed to increasing aggressiveness, fear, anxiety and is desensitizing our children to acts of violence including bullying.'" And Yes, they plan to destroy the traded-in games. (Note: Beware the obnoxious auto-playing video ad with sound; adjust volume accordingly.)
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Connecticut Group Wants Your Violent Videogames — To Destroy Them

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  • by Ogive17 (691899) on Thursday January 03, 2013 @11:17AM (#42461985)
    I'd be willing to give up some of my old titles that I no longer play if they'd give me more value than gamestop...
  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday January 03, 2013 @11:21AM (#42462037)
    Clearly, the only solution is to install a violent videogame playing security guard at the entrance to each school.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday January 03, 2013 @11:27AM (#42462101)

    NO! Pinball is too violent.
    The little steel ball was resting comfortably when you put in the coins, then sart your abuse with hitting it out of its rest. This is followed by continuously slapping the ball with paddles and propelling it into walls! All the time, the ball is just trying to get back to the safety of its home, but NO, you keep batting it away.

    The only civilized game is Canasta, because I'm not sure how to play it.

  • by sunking2 (521698) on Thursday January 03, 2013 @11:38AM (#42462265)
    The fact that witnesses in Columbine, Aurora, and Colorado have said the shooters were seen bunny hopping around to get from one place to another should suffice.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday January 03, 2013 @11:39AM (#42462273)

    I'd like to see a video game where you control the fate of disaffected parents. You would navigate your avatars to go vote on things like bicycle helmets, closing mental health care facilities, building new prisons, raising taxes, and giving up/taking away their inalienable rights.

    Softcore porn scans and molesting should also obviously be required of your avatar before travel. Also don't even think about making your avatars leave their simulated homes without their virtual papers.

    Wait... this isn't a video game I'm describing... is it?

  • Opportunity (Score:5, Funny)

    by c (8461) <beauregardcp@gmail.com> on Thursday January 03, 2013 @11:46AM (#42462373)

    Someone needs to set up and publicize an NRA-branded parody site offering a guns-for-games exchange where the site offers free firearms in exchange for violent video games.

  • by interkin3tic (1469267) on Thursday January 03, 2013 @12:02PM (#42462617)
    You have poor circulation too? Yeah, it sucks. I sometimes wear gloves in the house.
  • by FatdogHaiku (978357) on Thursday January 03, 2013 @12:21PM (#42462947)
    Actually I just had a vision of the ED-209 from RoboCop standing outside someones door announcing:
    "Citizen! If you surrender your violent games and media, no one will be hurt!"
    After waiting an intolerable .05 seconds without a response, ED-209 proceeds to level the domicile.
    The game playing "perp" remains safe in the basement as no one has fixed the ED-209 "stair problem" yet...
  • by Penguinisto (415985) on Thursday January 03, 2013 @12:57PM (#42463497) Journal

    Lately they've been doing gift certificates to grocery stores and such, but completely forgetting that money is fungible - money I suddenly didn't have to spend on groceries is freed up for buying, well whatever else, including guns. That's the thing, though. Unless the trade-in doesn't involve money or any tangible good, it become a fungible item.

    I think that the anti-gun lobbies and authorities who host these things could have benefited from consulting any divorce lawyer when it comes to the subject of all things fungible, no?

  • by nitehawk214 (222219) on Thursday January 03, 2013 @01:49PM (#42464229)

    Lately they've been doing gift certificates to grocery stores and such, but completely forgetting that money is fungible - money I suddenly didn't have to spend on groceries is freed up for buying, well whatever else, including guns. That's the thing, though. Unless the trade-in doesn't involve money or any tangible good, it become a fungible item.

    I think that the anti-gun lobbies and authorities who host these things could have benefited from consulting any divorce lawyer when it comes to the subject of all things fungible, no?

    Either that or you can simply assault someone with a banana.

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